Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5
 
 

2006 Hyundai Sonata GL
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

Catching this tire on sale made it a super buy. I have a set of these on my 97 BMW 318ic and they have every bit as much traction and adhesion as the set of michelins that where on the car when I bought it. General makes a very good product for the price. And although it may not be for everyone, if handling and traction as well as safety are your priorities, this is probably the best tire you can get in the low cost range.

 

Kumho Tires Make a Great Option

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Steve Huffman

So, you're in the market for a new set of tires and you've come across Kumho, a brand you may not be all that familiar with. Fair enough, they may not be as big of a household name as Goodyear or Michelin, but this Korean brand is one of the top tire manufacturers in the world. In the United States, you will find Kumho tires as Original Equipment on many Hyundai, Kia and Ford vehicles. Simply put, Kumho makes a good tire at a good price.

Their Ecsta LX Platinum is a highly rated Grand Touring All-Season tire. This tire has been one of our best sellers for the past few years. It has very nice ride qualities, including a very smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. The tire has good all-season traction, to go along with a long-lasting 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

The Kumho Solus KR21 is their Standard Touring All-Season option. While this tire may not have the premium qualities as the Platinum model mentioned above, it is a nice value option none the less. Going along with great all-season traction, this tire is one of the longest lasting options with an 85,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Kumho's Ecsta 4X is an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire that provides awesome handling and great responsiveness, combined with year-round traction. This sporty tire has a cool tread design that is backed by a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


If you're looking to try a new brand of tires, Kumho provides great tires at a great value.

Best Tires for a Honda Odyssey

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Colin .

Many Honda Odyssey owners want a tire that has long treadlife, good traction and a quiet ride. When looking for tires that work best for your Odyssey, it's important to remember that different trim levels and model years use different tire sizes, therefore you'll want to verify what size your vehicle uses first. Consider the following options when it comes time for new tires on your Honda Odyssey. 

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology - This Standard Touring All-Season tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and provide very good all-season traction. Continental's PROactive Edge Technology brings more active edges into the contact patch to promote foul-weather traction while allowing the pattern elements to transfer smoothly from edge to edge to minimize road noise.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus - Designed to provide Bridgestone's ultimate in luxury, elegance and comfort, the Turanza Serenity Plus blends long wear with dry, wet and wintertime traction, even in light snow. The tire is one of the highest rated options in the Grand Touring All-Season category.

Michelin Primacy MXV4 - Like the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, the Primacy MXV4 also rates very well in the Grand Touring All-Season category. It's offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty and excels in ride quietness and smoothness. To see how this tire performed during our testing, watch "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge."


Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Plus

Michelin Primacy
MXV4


Firestone Precision Touring - Available with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire provides year-round capability and comfort. In our testing the tire was a little noisier compared to its competition, but is ranked very highly in its category. It receives high marks in the following areas:  

  • Treadwear
  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Dry traction
  • Steering response

General AltiMAX RT and HP - These value-priced options are strongly worth considering. The RT model comes with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, while the HP H-speed rated version has a 55,000-mile warranty and the V-speed rated version offers a 40,000-mile treadlife warranty. Both models combine reliability, comfort and treadlife and are a good choice for your Honda Odyssey.  

View our Tire Decision Guide to help you determine the best tires for how and where you drive your Honda Odyssey.

Best Replacement Tires for the Run-Flats on C6 Corvettes

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Colin .

Many Corvette owners ask about switching to non-run-flat tires for multiple reasons, including cost, selection and ride quality. For standard C6 sizes, there are a number of excellent non-run-flat options to choose from with the 245/40R18 size in the front and 285/35R19 in the rear.  

The best performance tires in terms of handling and traction are the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. Both options will give you superior handling, cornering, braking and acceleration in the dry and wet. Between the two, our testing showed the Michelin as the reigning king of the Max Performance Summer category.  

If you don't need the highest performance and want more of a value-priced tire, the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110, Continental ExtremeContact DW and Sumitomo HTR Z III would be good tires for your Corvette. Each tire will deliver good performance at a lower price point.

Some Corvette owners need an all-season option and Michelin's new Pilot Sport A/S 3 improves upon their A/S Plus in just about every category. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is another great choice that offers responsive handing and very good wet and dry traction. It offers confidence-inspiring all-season traction for those who want to drive their vehicle any time of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To view all options for your C6 Corvette, shop by vehicle.

Best BMW Tires for the Summer? My Top Tire Recommendations

Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Gary Stanley

I recently received the following question on a BMW tire and wheel forum that I moderate for members of 2013 BMW 3 Series vehicles:

"I was looking at getting a summer 19" set-up, but after some research, it doesn't sound like I'll get much improvement in performance over an 18" set-up with my style of driving. I live in Minnesota, so I will probably only have them on the car for five months. I don't track my car and only do spirited driving occasionally due to having a wife and kid, but would still like an upgrade over the stock 18' all-seasons when I do.

I was looking at the Continental ExtremeContact DW because of the low price being offered through Tire Rack, but would prefer the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Is there a big difference for the extra $200 between these two options for my style of driving? Also, I want a little more aggressive look, while still maintaining the square set-up. I was looking at Enkei Racing Series PF01 (18x8) all the way around. Can I use a 245/35R18 on those for a little fatter, more aggressive look or should I stick with the stock size?
"

With his style of driving, I recommended the following:

"Given that you only do occasional spirited driving, you'll likely be happy with the Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. On the new body of the BMW 3 Series (F30), you have a bit more clearance compared to the older E90 3 Series models, so you can use the stock 225/45R18, 245/40R18 or shorter 245/35R18 sizes with no problem. I personally would lean towards 245/40R18 to keep the same overall diameter while slightly increasing the width compared to the stock size."

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


The member emphasized that his vehicle is a family car and implied that he wouldn't mind giving up a little in terms of grip and handling for a lower cost tire. From our testing and customer feedback, the Continental ExtremeContact DW does just that. The Continental ExtremeContact DW has a slightly softer ride, while the Michelin Pilot Super Sport has more dry grip and a faster steering response.

For more information on the differences between these tires, read "Michelin Pilot Super Sport vs. Continental ExtremeContact DW."

How Good Are Kumho Ecsta Tires?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Many drivers have heard of Kumho tires since they've been sold in the United States for over ten years. If you have not considered Kumho tires in the past, you may want to take another look at them now. While Kumho does make some entry-level tires that compete on price, they also manufacture tires that compete with some of the top tires on the market.

Much like the name "Pilot" on a Michelin tire or "Eagle" on a Goodyear tire, the name "Ecsta" on a Kumho tire identifies it as one of their performance oriented tires. There is no one Kumho Ecsta tire, instead there's a family of tires that have the Ecsta name on them. Two of the best performance tires in the Kumho Ecsta line are the all-season Kumho Ecsta 4X and summer Ecsta LE Sport

If you aren't looking for an ultra high performance tire and instead want long treadlife and a quiet, soft ride, check out the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum. To see how this tire could work for you, read "Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum vs. Kumho Ecsta 4X."

 Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
 Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
 Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


All three of these tires rate highly in their categories and performed competitively in our testing, all while still being reasonably priced. So, are Kumho Ecsta tires good? Absolutely! 

Best SUV Tires

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Despite rising fuel costs, Americans still love their SUVs. While many SUVs may never make it off-road, they still haul families anywhere, including the grocery store, family vacations and soccer games. When it comes to keeping your precious cargo safe, nothing could be more important than the the only thing keeping your SUV in contact with the road. Consider the following options when looking to for new tires.

When making a short list of the "best" tires in a performance category, you will almost always find an option from Michelin. This particular case is no different. Michelin's LTX M/S2 is one the best tires on the market and is a prime example of why Michelin has such a great reputation. It simply does it all with superior wet and dry traction, fantastic handling and great winter traction in light snow. In addition, the tire offers a very nice ride to go along with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option to take a look at is the Firestone Destination LE 2. This tire is quite comparable to the Michelin, but is available at a lower price. Similar to the LTX M/S2, it offers excellent year-round traction and has great ride characteristics. Early customer surveys show the Destination LE 2 performs a little better in winter elements.

Finally, Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is worth considering if you're an SUV owner. The tire has similar characteristics to the Firestone and Michelin options, but is offered in larger, hard-to-find sizes. It also has low rolling resistance technology to help with fuel consumption.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Firestone Destination LE 2
Firestone Destination
LE 2
Continental CrossContact LX 20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Shop by vehicle and view all options available for your SUV.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR T4

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Sumitomo HTR T4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
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Miles driven on tires: 67,000
Location: South Orange, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2013

This is my first review on this tire and I Love them.67,000 miles on them and ready to change them for new ones.It has a treadwear warranty of 75,000 miles and i probably could get close but do not want to take a chance for just a few extra miles.The best tires I have ever owned Period on any car of mine or my wifes and I bought them on sale and never heard of Sumitomo tires before.I am going to buy the Sumitomo Touring tires because it is also a T rated tire with 85,000 miles on the treadwear 10,000 more than these were rated and this is a company that seems to tell the truth about treadwear because other tire brands lie and do not even get close.If you are looking for treadwear life as your number 1 reason for choosing a tire(like me)and a good sounding ride tire and good handling this is your tire.Its hard to believe that they are so inexpensive compared to Goodyear and Michelin(which are horrible and double the price)I live in New Jersey and we have all kinds of weather here and it handles great in snow.Do not let the low price fool you and buy the tires you will not be sorry.I will write a review on the Sumitomo Touring tires when i have some mileage on them.

 

Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Gary Stanley

About ten years ago, Continental released the original ContiProContact. This tire competed well with the top Grand Touring All-Season tires of that day, including the Michelin MXV4 and Bridgestone's line of Turanza touring tires. These tires met the needs of drivers of a variety of vehicles from family sedans to crossovers. The Continental ContiProContact was also selected as Original Equipment on many luxury cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. 

Over the years, the ContiProContact began to fall behind newer tires with more advanced technology such as the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4. For a comparison on these two newer designs, read "Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Rises to the Top of the Grand Touring All-Season Tire Category." In response to the rapidly changing and competitive Grand Touring All-Season market, Continental introduced the PureContact with EcoPlus Technology.

ContiPro Contact
Continental
ContiProContact
PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental PureContact
with EcoPlus Technology


The PureContact with EcoPlus Technology is quite a bit better than its predecessor. Advancements that Continental have made with this new design have paid off, as the tire is currently ranked number one in our customer survey results. It competes very well against the best tires in its category, while selling at a lower price in most sizes. This makes the tire a great value and outstanding choice for drivers looking for a blend of ride quality, all-season traction and long wear, while maintaining good levels of handling and steering response. 

Shop by vehicle to view pricing and selection on great tires for your application.

What are the Best Tires for a Mazda3?

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The Mazda3 has always been known for its sharp handling and performance orientated drive train. These cars are as much fun to drive as some higher priced high-end sports cars for a fraction of the price. Mazda's lineup has always appealed to the enthusiast crowd with most models geared toward performance engines, crisp handling and a sleek sporty styling.

When it comes time to choose tires for your Mazda3, why not pick a tire that complements the attributes Mazda built into this fun-to-drive model. The most common sizes for the Mazda3 are 205/55R16 and 205/50R17.

 Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
Michelin Pilot Sort A/S 3
 Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


For all-season use, the best two choices come from the Ultra High Performance All-Season category: the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 and Continental ExtremeContact DWS. The Michelin provides unsurpassed dry and wet road traction which exceeds even some of today's best dedicated summer tires. Continental's ExtremeContact DWS has long been a great performer with the highest levels of snow and ice traction offered from an all-season tire.

 Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
 Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


When it comes to dedicated summer tires that provide high levels of dry and wet weather traction, the favorites are the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position and Continental ExtremeContact DW. Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is truly a well-rounded choice that provides the very best dry and wet performance but does not sacrifice ride comfort or road noise. The Continental is a great summer performer with good steering feel and wet road capability. It also has one of the highest rankings for treadwear in the Max Performance Summer category.

When it comes time to replace the tires on your Mazda3, choose one that allows you to unlock the fun your vehicle was designed to offer. Shop by vehicle to view all of the tires available for your Mazda3.

Best Price on Michelin Tires for Toyota, Honda, Nissan and More!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Gary Stanley

When asked about which brand of tires are associated with quality, many think of Michelin. Their reputation is well deserved. For decades, Michelin has been an industry leader in tire technology, making some of the best tires that money can buy. While they make outstanding performance tires, like the Pilot Super Sport, Michelin may be best known for producing some of the smoothest and quietest riding all-season tires on the market.

Not everyone is looking for the best handling and steering response, instead many drivers simply want a tire that's quiet, safe and will last for a long time. For those who are looking for the best price on Michelin tires, check out a couple of the lowest priced options in two popular sizes.

205/65R15

This is a commonly used tire size for a mid-size sedan such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Ford Taurus and Chevy Malibu. The best priced Michelin tire in this size is the Defender. Michelin's Defender is an outstanding Standard Touring All-Season tire with long wear, great traction and a quiet ride. For more information on this tire, read "Michelin Defender Review and Test."

235/70R16 

Many SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles use this common 16" tire size, including the Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and various Jeep models. In this size, the lowest priced Michelin tire is the Latitude Tour. This tire, back in early 2012, was one of my top choices for vehicles being driven on the street only. It's still a top contender for those who don't take their vehicles off-road. 

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Michelin Latitude Tour
Michelin Latitude Tour


Shop by size to see which Michelin tires are available for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Gainesville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

Have 215/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports on front of my '05 Honda S2000 and 245/40/17 PSS on the rear with about 3,500 miles on tires since new. Ordinary highway driving yields low noise levels with firm, but not quite punishing, ride in what is a firm riding car.

Tires respond immediately to steering inputs and have very tight "on-center" feel. Wet performance (Florida thunderstorms) is very good and wet and dry braking are among best I've experienced in almost 60 years of driving. Kuhmhos that were on car when I bought it were more comfortable but absolutely not the tire for hard driving in comparison to Michelin PSSs.

Just drove the "Tail OF THE DRAGON" in North Carolina (318 curves in 11 miles!) for 3 days in company of over 100 Honda S2000s during annual meeting of S2000 group S2KI. Very spirited and competitive driving - 20++ MPH over posted speeds in corners posted at 10-20 MPH. PSSs exhibited phenomenal grip on damp surface 1st day and dry the remainder. Early braking for corners followed by strong acceleration produced sensations of rear tires grabbing pavement and powering car out of corner under heavy throttle, closing gap with car ahead. Eyeball-crossing "G" sensations with no howling or indications of being anywhere near limits of this tire at 40 in 20 MPH curves. 50 MPH in 20 MPH curves would produce plenty of warning through slight slip angles with excellent steering control feel and sensations of "hooking up again" part way through corner while applying strong acceleration.

Conclusions: 1)I'll never drive the S2000 as fast as this tire allows, 2) Pilot Super Sports deserve #1 ranking, and, 3) worth the premium price if you drive hard, want a tire with no nasty surprise traits during hard driving, and want better than average tire life (for max performance type tires) nonetheless.

 

Best Tires for Honda Odyssey

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to replace the tires on your Honda Odyssey? If so, consider the following all-season options for your minivan. My favorite tire for this vehicle continues to be the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire certainly lives up to its name. It's a premium Grand Touring All-Season tire that provides excellent ride qualities, including superior comfort and low tread noise. In addition to a great ride, the tire offers fantastic all-season traction and long treadwear with a 70,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on speed rating.

Another great option for the Odyssey is the Michelin Defender. Although it is only made in the 235/65R16 size for this van, it's still a very popular choice. The Defender is currently the top-ranked Standard Touring All-Season tire in our customer survey results. This tire also has superior all-season traction and comes with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. Designed to help enhance fuel efficiency, Defender tires meet Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, the Firestone Precision Touring is a good value priced option for Odyssey owners. This tire performed very well in our testing with good grades in wet traction and stable handling. Customers really enjoy the tire, as it sits is second place in its category, only behind the aforementioned Michelin Defender.


Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Michelin
Defender

Firestone Precision
Touring


To view all tire options for your Honda Odyssey, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 4wd X-Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Stowe, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2013

A good tire for the price, a little noisier than expected, but if I wanted a quiet tire I would have gone with michelins. Previously had pirelli scorpion atr's, they were the best tires I ever had on my truck, did everything far beyond my expectations, but the price jumped up $300 for the set so I started looking at other options. Decided to try these out, I liked the all terrain tread for the snow and driving on the beach. So far holding up well, probably get 35 to 40,000 out of them, not bad for the way I drive. A lot of tread squirm for the first 2-3,000 miles but settled in after that, had to slow down a lot for the on/off ramp almost felt like I was going to lose it, but never lost traction though. But, after 2-3000 miles the uneasiness went away and the back end didn't fell like it was going to pass me anymore. They definitely don't handle like the pirelli's they replaced, it helps to remind me I'm driving a full size truck and not a sports cars. I'm sure I added about 10,000 miles to the life of the tires because of it. Not necessarily a bad thing.

 

Best Tires for Fuel Economy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

With high fuel prices, everyone is looking for ways to save money at the pump. The tires on your car have an impact on your fuel economy. One easy way to reduce your rolling resistance is to always maintain proper air pressure in your tires. An underinflated tire takes more energy to roll - costing you money.

Today, many manufacturers have designed tires to help reduce rolling resistance and improve overall fuel economy. They have been able to accomplish this by making improvements to the rubber compound, tread design and sidewall construction. When many of these tires were introduced a few years ago, it was initially thought, by many, that they may suffer in their traction capabilities, especially in the wet. To their credit, the manufacturers have been able to overcome these concerns and have been able to produce some very capable tires.

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia
EP422
Continental ProContact with Ecoplus Technology
Continental ProContact with
EcoPlus Technology
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender


One of our best-selling low rolling resistance tire is the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. This Grand Touring All-Season tire offers an excellent ride and good all-season traction. The Ecopia EP422 uses an all-season tread compound featuring Bridgestone's unique NanoPro-Tech (Nanostructure-Oriented Properties Control Technology) to reduce rolling resistance and energy loss while maintaining dry, wet and wintertime traction. This tire is offered with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option is the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. You may be familiar with the ProContact model as it has been an Original Equipment tire on many vehicles. The EcoPlus Technology's all-season tread compound features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. This tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Michelin's Defender features Green X technology to provide a level of energy efficiency among the highest on the market for its category without compromising other key characteristics, such as traction and treadwear. The tire is offered with either a 90,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on the speed rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 56,000
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 56,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

I have Optimo H727 on both my PT Cruiser and Explorer. I have 56,000 miles on the PT Cruiser Optimo tires and expect to get at least another 10,000 so I plan to get close to 70,000 on the tires. They are listed at 100,000 but I will not get there with these tires. They are great all season tires for the price. I had Michelin on my Explorer before but they were over $300 more than the Hankook Optimo tires. I am please with the tires and recommend them. Consumer Reports has the Optimo H727 rated as a "Best Buy".

 

Best Tires for Your Ford Focus ST

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

When Ford decided to bring the Focus ST to the United States, VW GTI and other hatchback owners finally had an American option. The Focus ST offers a lot of fun and performance at a very affordable price. At nearly 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, the ST packs quite a punch. ST owners will be looking for ways to enhance the performance and capabilities of this turbocharged pocket rocket. As we know, tires are an easy way to accomplish this.

Right off the assembly line, the ST comes with a very nice tire. As far as an Original Equipment tire goes, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was a smart choice by Ford. This is a Max Performance Summer tire that does a nice job transferring all that power straight to the pavement. Are there better tires out there? Yes, let's take a look.

If you want to keep a super sticky summer tire on the ST and improve upon the O.E. Goodyear, then go with either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. These tires rank first and second in the Max Performance Summer category. Both options receive high marks in almost every category, including cornering stability, steering response and ride comfort.

Maybe you're in a climate where you'll need or want an all-season tire. After all, if those Goodyears wore out too soon, moving to an all-season tire typically gives you more treadlife. If that sounds like something you'd prefer, I would suggest the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This has been our top-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tire for quite awhile.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Position
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS


All these tires are available in the stock size, however if you want to go with a slightly more aggressive size, there's no problem stepping up to a 245/40R18. Shop by vehicle to find all tire options for your Ford Focus ST.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2013

Simple review - Fantastic tyres really in every respect. Outperform the best Michelin Touring tires by a mile (no pun). Frankly, the best tyres I have ever purchased, and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a higher end touring tyre, and whom doesn't want to pay the Continental price - you even get a better tyre than Continental with these Bridgestones. Bottom line, you get what you pay for, and irrespective of this rationale, you just get great value comparitively. I will never buy Michelin (or anything else for that matter) again after these.

Side note - Bridgestone in general; I purchased a set of Blizzaks a decade ago and they completely outperform ANY other snow tyre I've had before.

Just a great manufacturer.

PS, don't be fooled by 'Turanza with Serenity Technology' you have to get the 'Serenity Plus'.

 

Firestone Destination LE 2 or Michelin LTX M/S2?

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Michelin's LTX M/S2 had the lineage as the "best" Highway All-Season tire as it debuted and maintained the number one slot in our Tire Survey Results. That is until recently with the debut of the Firestone Destination LE 2. It has, at least for now, positioned itself as the new favorite of our customers.

A couple points of interest in relation to the ratings. At the time of this post, the Firestone has about 250,000 reported miles. The LTX M/S2 is closing in on eight million miles reported. This is noteworthy because as tires wear, they all lose certain capabilities, including wet and dry traction. Also, tread noise can increase with the tire's age. Even though the Firestone is currently ranked first, the Michelin is within one percentage point with many more miles reported.

Michelin LTX MS2
Michelin LTX M/S2
Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE 2


What should you make of all this data? My feeling is that the Firestone is a very formidable competitor delivering appropriate levels of traction and ride quality characteristics with an attractive price. Over the test of time, I expect the Michelin to reclaim the top spot. Therefore, if you were looking for a recommendation when comparing these two tires, I would nudge you towards the Michelin LTX M/S2. 

If you want to stick with the top ranked tire in the category, read "The All-New Firestone Destination LE 2."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Michelin Energy Saver A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2009 Lexus RX350
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2013

Overall quite happy with these tires. They are smooth, comfortable and priced great for Michelin's. They seemed to wear great also, with lots of tread left. They help with mileage as claimed; I went from 9.8L/100km's to 9.3L's/100km's-- approx 1.5 MPG, so that was an added bonus.
On my vehicle they could be 5% quieter would be my only complaint. In the last 2000 miles or so they were becoming a bit louder, but not objectionable.
These tires are not great in the snow as noted-- I got caught in quite a bit before switching to my snows for the season. They are passable in a pinch, but everyone should be on dedicated snow tires if snow is on the ground regularly where you live anyway, right?
I would also not buy these if you want handling and responsive road feel, as that is not these tire’s mission. On my luxury SUV, they are a good fit for highway cruising but if you corner hard you will feel the soft sidewall flex and they don't have a very responsive steering feel. They are quite lightweight though so that helps keep them from being ponderous feeling. They drive fairly nimbly actually. They are 2lbs per tire lighter than the LX4's that were on my vehicle, which is quite a bit for unsprung weight. Even though these Energy Saver's are softish they never feel too soft, nor fully in control of my heavy SUV. If I owned a sports car, my opinion would not be as high though.
In the end I would happily buy these again as long as the price doesn't go up much from where it is and I guess that's the best endorsement a tire owner could give.